Special Event Day – Concert 3 – Mittendrin

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher et al.


Sun, 26.08. | 13.00 | No. 18403

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Special Event Day – Concert 3 – Mittendrin

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher et al.

    Participants in the masterclass  conductors
    György Kurtág (*1926)
    Stele for large orchestra, Op. 33

    Normally, the roles are clearly divvied up: the orchestra sits on the stage, the audience in the hall. But on the Special Event Day, everything is different, and you are suddenly in the thick of things instead of just being there. Two concerts will allow you to take a seat between the musicians and experience everything from a completely new perspective: the orchestra’s perspective. For once, you will not only listen to the sounds but also simultaneously observe at close range how they are produced. What signs does the conductor give, how do the musicians communicate and interact with one another – or how do they pass the time when they have nothing to do? And since music from the 20th century is on the program, there will be much to observe indeed. Yet that’s not all: both concerts are designed as one-hour-long moderated workshops. Each work in question will be heard twice, with elucidations between each performance.


    In 2003, the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: an educational institution for music of the 20th and 21st centuries that is internationally unique. Each summer, highly talented young musicians from all around the world come together here for the opportunity to study in depth and then to perform contemporary scores and classics of modern music. Almost 1,200 graduates have taken part in the Academy over the past fifteen years, many of whom have attended for several summers. The German composer Wolfgang Rihm has been in charge of artistic leadership since 2016, with Matthias Pintscher serving as Principal Conductor. They are supported by internationally acclaimed performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. The orchestral and ensemble concerts for 2018 focus on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, including performances of such pieces as Inori and Gruppen; for the latter, the Academy Orchestra joins forces with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pintscher, Sir Simon Rattle, and Duncan Ward. They will give the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s new score Reading Malevich and will also present works by Kurtág, Bella, Zimmermann, Nono, and composer-in-residence Fritz Hauser. The Composer Seminar is being led for the third time this year, in which young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and other guests and rehearse them with selected LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. A Conducting Fellowship offers scholarship holders the opportunity to follow along in the Academy’s work. The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is once again participating this summer in the “Special Event Day” and appears in the “40min” series as well.

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, Matthias Pintscher regards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier received their premieres at the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra national de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher has led such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in February 2018 and with the London Symphony in June. He has been affiliated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-association since 2010, began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris in 2013, and in 2020 will serve as director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie presented him as composer-in-residence and artist in focus during the inaugural 2016-17 season. From 2016 to 2018 he was regularly associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY as its Principal Conductor. Matthias Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel

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    Package discount for the Special Event Day! 
    When you purchase a minimum of three different Special Event Day concerts, you will receive a discount of 20% on each ticket. You can purchase this package discount by telephone or in writing.  (In addition to the price for the tickets, fees are due of CHF 10 for processing your order.) All information can be found on the order form.

    The Special Event Day for Young Listeners
    Children and primary, secondary, vocational, and university students up to and including 29 years of age can purchase discounted tickets for the Special Event Day at CHF 10. (In addition to the price for the tickets, fees are due of CHF 10 for processing your order.)